Sunday, August 22, 2004
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Edvard Munch's "The Scream" Stolen

Munch Paintings Stolen From Norway Museum By KRISTIAN KAHRS
Armed men stormed into an art museum Sunday, threatened staff at gunpoint and stole Edvard Munch's famous paintings "The Scream" and "Madonna" before the eyes of stunned museum-goers. [...] "What's strange is that in this museum, there weren't any means of protection for the paintings, no alarm bell," [witness Francois] Castang told France Inter radio. "The paintings were simply attached by wire to the walls," he said. "All you had to do is pull on the painting hard for the cord to break loose — which is what I saw one of the thieves doing." [...] There are four versions of "The Scream." The Munch Museum had two of them, a private collector owns the third and the fourth is on display at Oslo's National Gallery. "They were all painted by Munch, and they are all just as valuable," museum spokeswoman Jorunn Christoffersen told the AP. "Still, these paintings are not possible to sell, and it is impossible to put a price tag on them." It was the second time in 10 years that "The Scream" has been stolen.
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